Minute Meditations of Hope and Encouragement #37

The theory of an immortal soul, suffering forever in an ever-burning hell, contradicts the biblical teaching that in the new heaven and the new earth there will be “no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying” (Rev. 21:4, NKJV). If the theory of an eternal burning hell were true, then the “second death” (Revelation 20:6) would not eradicate sin and sinners from the universe but only confine them in an everlasting hell of sorrow and crying. If this were the case the universe would never be fully restored to its original perfection. But praise the Lord that the Bible paints a completely different picture! Evidence of the curse will be forever gone.

Isaiah 25:8 says, “He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken.” (NKJV and NASB) Revelation 7:17 says “for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” What comfort and hope can these passages bring us amid the trials and suffering of this present world?

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